Record A Level Results for Class of 2017
- 40% A* grades (5 x UK average)
- 12 Straight A*
- 21 students with 3+ A*
- 32 students straight A*/A
- 65% A*/A
Shrewsbury International School Bangkok’s graduating Class of 2017 are celebrating another extraordinary set of examination results. 40% of exams achieved the A* benchmark; a significant improvement the already exceptional results of 2016 , and which is 5 times higher than the UK average, which remains at 8%. 65% exams scored A*/A grade (compared to 25% in the UK) and 82% scored B grade or higher.
Individually, over one third of all students achieved straight A*/A grades, with 21 students scoring at least 3A*s and 12 students achieving straight A* grades. Amongst them were Thanat (Poom) Wongwaisayawan and Tachakrit (Earth) Tachatirakul, who both earned 5 A* grades, now begin their undergraduate studies at London’s Imperial College (Chemical Physics) and the University of Cambridge (Medicine). Earth will be joined at Cambridge’s Gonville and Caius College by Wannakorn (Ki-Ki) Tapanakornwut (4A*s) who will read Engineering Science.
Former Head Girl, Pavitchaya (Pearl) Yodwongjane secures her place at University College London and is one of several students to continue to medical school this year both in the UK and here in Thailand. Meanwhile, with 3 A*s and 1 A grade (including a top grade in Drama), former Head Boy, Carlos Romero Jantacomma heads to Yale University. NYU, UC Berkeley, UPenn’s Wharton Business School and Columbia are amongst other top US destinations for Shrewsbury’s Class of 2017.
“This really is a fantastic set of results for our students and I’m absolutely thrilled for them”, said Steve Allen (Vice Principal, Head of Senior). “The number of students achieving the very top grades is truly exceptional and continues to mark Shrewsbury out as the regional leader in academic excellence. However, the real story here is of progress; for the students who have made such incredible personal strides on their way to these results, and for Shrewsbury as the mature organisation that we have now become. I’m privileged to have been part of the journey of these inspirational young leaders, and proud that this school is able to offer the structures, experience and personnel to help all our students achieve their goals”.
Mr. Allen goes on to note “What is striking for me, is that academic progress goes hand in hand with an enjoyment of co-curricular interests outside the classroom. I am convinced that these opportunities, whether on the stage, sports field, debating hall or art studio, on a mountain summit or whilst volunteering at a local charity, bring real balance and a sense of perspective; trademarks of an all round education which help to stimulate academic performance, and which help to develop the confidence, skills and qualities that characterize a Shrewsbury graduate.”
Director of Higher Education, Jo Fretwell, is also pleased that the same wide ranging interests are reflected in the variety of university and courses chosen by this year’s graduating cohort. “I’m delighted, but not surprised to see the outstanding success of our students this year”, notes Ms. Fretwell.
“Often exceeding their own expectations, the Class of 2017 have worked hard to fulfill their true potential and now matriculate to a wide variety of institutions around the world to study everything from Textiles to Chemical Physics. We have a number of medics and a notably strong contingent of law students this year, complimenting the traditionally strong choices such as engineering and economics. I’m also delighted to see some really interesting vocational course choices, such as design and acting. Having had the pleasure of getting to know these students over the last few years, I know that they are equipped to succeed wherever they choose to study and live in the world. Beyond their academic success, our students uphold the great values of Shrewsbury International School. They are engaged and passionate young people who I’m sure will continue to make a positive difference in their local communities and wider society.”